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November 11

Guided Tour

Thursday, November 11, 12:15–12:15 p.m.

Finish your lunch then feed your spirit with art of the world. Come in to the beautiful and warm UMMA environment for a tour designed specifically for the lunch hour. Student Docents will offer you 30 minutes of conversation about art in the UMMA galleries around entertaining themes such as life, love, and heroes.

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Writers Series

Thursday, November 11, 5:10–7 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Robert Boswell is the author of eleven books, including, The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, a story collection recently chosen by Oprah for her summer reading list, "25 Books You Can't Put Down." He is the author of the novels Century's Son, American Owned Love, Mystery Ride, The Geography of Desire, and Crooked Hearts; the story collections Living to Be 100 and Dancing in the Movies; and the nonfiction books The Half-Known World, a book on the craft of writing, and What Men Call Treasure: The Search for Gold at Victorio Peak, a book about a real-life treasure hunt in New Mexico (co-written with David Schweidel). His cyberpunk novel, Virtual Death (published under the pseudonym Shale Aaron) was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. His play Tongues won the John Gassner Prize. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Iowa School of Letters Award for Fiction, the PEN West Award for Fiction, and the Evil Companions Award. He shares the Cullen Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston with his wife, Antonya Nelson.

The Janey Lack Readings in Fiction and Poetry are curated by students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing, and are sponsored by Janey Lack.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Department of English Program in Creative Writing Zell Visiting Writers Series, which brings outstanding writers each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from UM alumna Helen Zell ('64). For more information, please see

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